The very first thing I remember from this morning is Beth saying something about, "I hear rain"... I barely remember it and it didn't really mean anything to me but it surely was going to throw the biggest wrench in our plans of the trip.
Our plans had been to get up 'when we get up', pack up our mess, and get on the road somewhere between 10 and 11 or so this morning. By 9AM it was pretty stormy here in Tulsa and as we began to check the weather to the west in Oklahoma City there was a bit of yellow and red in the weather maps that were online. Honestly... we didn't think much of it and were basically on track to leave.
But then things took a turn. Scott's friend Brent, who is a medical sales guy who had headed out for Oklahoma City this morning called Scott and told him, "you better tell your friends to stay in Tulsa, the roads are flooded and I can't even get into Oklahoma City, I'm turning back". Cindi then proceeded to tell us that Brent never worries about anything. Big snow storm, no problem. Big ice storm, no problem. Bit of rain on your way to Oklahoma City.... TURN AROUND.... HEAD HOME!!!
If Brent can't get thru on the roads, they are un-passable.
We decided to stay another day with Scott and Cindi and the kids. Scott and I sat on the back porch under the cover and had a nice chat... then it dawned on me, we were watching some pretty epic rain. I'd been wanting to put together a video for my friend Tad's song "Listen to the Rain" for years. The song was written by Tad and John Hughes years ago when they toured as Hughes and Wagner.
Its seriously one of my favorite songs ever and this was the day to get the footage. I spent the rest of the afternoon putthing this together. I had contacted Tad to get their permission to use the song... but basically I got impatiant waiting for the response... I hope he likes it.
After the video edit and color correction assitance from Kaitlyn we drove out to the local Apple Store because, well, we sort of do that on the road these days.
I also had a lot of fun with the Hurricane Simulator that they had at the mall. I don't know why the good people of Tulsa think that being 700 miles from the Gulf that they have any fear of ever being IN a hurricane but it was fun anyway being under a 78MPH fan... After I got out of the simulator I paid for 4 girls to get in it together... it was funny watching them screen.
We then headed back to the house, running a few errands on the way and sat down to wath "It Might Get Loud".
Day 17 out.
Maybe tomorrow we'll be able to head out of Tulsa and get to Oklahoma City.
Oh, yea... weren't we driving Route 66?